Despite racing hard in today's Sprint Race at Qatar's Losail International Circuit Javier Villa was unable to finish higher than 10th after a long battle with his Super Nova team mate James Jakes. Javi made a good start from the seventh row as...
Despite racing hard in today's Sprint Race at Qatar's Losail International Circuit Javier Villa was unable to finish higher than 10th after a long battle with his Super Nova team mate James Jakes.
Javi made a good start from the seventh row as the lights went off at the start of the 23 lap race and holding the outside line into the first corner he retained 13th place. The young Spaniard was quickly on the gearbox of Nunes with a two car gap back to a pursuing Rigon and on lap 3 Javi looked to the outside as Nunes and Crestani ran side by side but he was unable to gain a place. Lap 4 saw Javi make a move on Crestani as the two cars sped down the long pit straight and despite the ORT car pushing the Super Nova car close to the inside edge of the track Villa gained the place under braking.
Javi gained another place on the following lap as he demoted the Piquet car of Nunes and he now found himself chasing the Super Nova Dallara of his team mate Jakes. Javi now began a race long duel with Jakes as the two cars battled for position around the Qatari circuit. The two cars were clearly very equal and Javi was able to slipstream Jakes down the pit straight but as soon as he pulled out he was unable to carry enough speed to out-brake the other car and although he was faster he didn't want to risk an accident.
Both cars were chasing the iSport car of Van Der Garde as Javi pulled away from a chasing Crestani and by lap 13 he had a 2.5 second gap over the ORT car. The next few laps saw the two Super Nova cars separated by less than half a second as they gradually closed in on a five car battle ahead of them. By lap 20 the gap between the 4th placed car and Javi in 10th was 4.0 seconds with the seven cars closing up on each other more and more every lap.
Time began to run out and as the race came to a close and with Bonanomi closing in Javi made sure he made no mistakes to claim 10th at the flag 0.2 seconds behind Jakes and 0.14 ahead of Bonanomi. Although it was ultimately a disappointing result for Javi once again he showed that he was capable of running at the front.
There is now a long gap until the next round of the GP2 Asia series when battle resumes on the 4th-5th April in Malaysia.
Javier Villa own words: "I finished 10th in a difficult race, but starting so far back it was very predictable. In the first part of the race, I drove very fast and I get to overtake, but later it was more difficult to overtake for everybody.
The weekend was complicated after yesterday's race, but each day we went faster, so I'm very happy and very pleased. Today if I had started further up I would have fought with Hulkenberg and the two Campos drivers because we had the same rhythm, but I was held up by the rest of group. In any case, every time I feel more strong and that is what we looked for in these races.
There are still two weekends to go and we must continue fighting."